In the video, they asked the NFL to issue a statement condemning police racism and brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“How many times should we ask you to listen to your players?” Tyrann asked Mathieu.
“What will it take?” DeAndrea Hopkins answered.
“That one of us isn’t killed by police brutality?” Jarvis Landry asked.
Promising not to silence them, the players cited suggestions on what the NFL can say.
“So, on behalf of the National Football League, we’d like to hear that from you, the players,” they said at the same time. “We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systemic oppression of blacks. We, the National Football League, admit wrongly in the silence of our players to protest peacefully. We, the National Football League, believe that black lives are important.”
Racism has been persistently accused by the NFL, especially after former San Francisco 49ers striker Colin Kaepernick began kneeling before the games while the National Anthem was played to protest police brutality.
Protests against Floyd’s murder continued in all American cities, and many sports stars took part.
Thomas this week criticized Saints ’opponent Drew Brees for saying he“ will never agree with anyone who doesn’t respect the flag, ”a reference to the national anthem protest movement started by Kaepernick.
Three former officers who were at the scene were also arrested and charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Leah Asmelash contributed to this story.